Rhythm-and-blues singer Jimmy Norman — who worked with Jimi Hendrix and Bob Marley early in their careers and was a battle over songwriting credit for ‘Time Is on My Side,’ which the Rolling Stones turned into a Top 10 hit in 1964 — died earlier this month in New York at the age of 84.
Sammy Hagar is back in the booze business. Four years after selling off the majority of his Cabo Wabo Tequila company, the Chickenfoot/former Van Halen singer was at the Hard Rock Honolulu in Hawaii last week to promote his new spirit line, Sammy’s Beach Bar Rum.
In his new memoir, Jon Roberts — a former Mafia member and convicted cocaine trafficker who spearheaded the Medellin Drug Cartel’s rise in the 1980s — claims that he once saved Jimi Hendrix from a kidnapping attempt in New York in the ’60s.
Given the terrible reviews ‘Lulu’ has been receiving, Lou Reed & Metallica probably weren’t expecting stellar sales figures from the collaborative album. That said, they also probably didn’t foresee this: ‘Lulu’ sold just 13,000 copies in its first week out and an almost comical 3,000 is its second week, giving the disc a total of 16,000 units moved in its first two weeks out.
Motorhead frontman Lemmy Kilmister has caused his share of chaos over the years, but the recent student-led riots in England were too much even for him. In fact, the British-born singer, who was in London last week for the Orange Amplification Classic Rock Roll of Honour ceremony, insists that he’s so disappointed in today’s youth and their love of rioting there that he has no plans to ever return to his homeland.
More than two dozen giant Gibson guitar sculptures designed in honor of the Doors, Motley Crue, Jimi Hendrix, Ozzy Osbourne and others have been decorating various spots on Los Angeles’ Sunset Strip for the better part of a year, and now those 20-foot-tall axes will be auctioned for charity.
Silly us, assuming that a post on the official twitter account for the Grammys — “Who do you predict the reuniting band will be @ GRAMMYnoms? Does this hint make you wanna ‘Jump’ & ‘Dance The Night Away?’” — suggested that Van Halen would appear onstage Nov. 30 at the Grammy nominations show to announce their reunion plans. A source tells Rolling Stone magazine that a VH Grammy show appearance is not in the cards, although a spokesperson for the Grammys did not immediately respond to a comment request.
Roger Waters could very well fall into the category of wealth dubbed the “one percent” that’s being targeted by Occupy Wall Street, but that isn’t stopping the Pink Floyd star from supporting the nascent New York-based socioeconomic movement.
Kiss are turning back the clock for the recording of their new album, ‘Monster,’ which should be out by the summer of 2012. The band is bucking the trend of using digital recording gear, opting instead for the retro experience of old analog equipment and a stripped-down approach. In other words, don’t expect any outside writers, extra keyboards or superfluous children’s choruses this time around.
More details have been unveiled about the 12 bonus tracks featured in the upcoming re-release of the Rolling Stones‘ 1978 album ‘Some Girls,’ including the full track and personnel listings. The dozen tracks, many of which were recorded instrumentally with vocals added recently by Mick Jagger, will be included in the the Deluxe Edition and Super Deluxe Edition of ‘Some Girls,’ which has been remastered for the occasion and drops Nov. 21.
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers busted out both the big guns and some deep cuts for the lucky 500 fans who managed to score a ticket to an intimate club gig they performed Saturday in the San Fernando Valley area of Los Angeles.
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